While many people find designer "inspired" accessories to be tacky, it is indeed possible to make such a purchase and get great quality and value. Personally, we would never support Canal Street knockoffs because of poor quality and questionable manufacturing practices overseas, but Lederer de Paris carries a variety of bags that are handmade with high quality leather.
With retail prices for these loosely inspired bags normally range from $900 to $800. For prices as high as those we would normally save our money for the real deal. However, for the next couple weeks Lederer is hosting a moving sale where everything in the store is 20% to 70% off. A salesperson insisted that she didn't know where the store is moving but that seems quite odd.
Stepping into the store you will immediately see the designer inspired Birkens, 2.55 classics, and intrecciato designs reminiscent of Hermes, Chanel, and Bottega Veneta. Some of these designs are marked down between $299 and $499. Naturally, the Birken-esque bags are still around $600. We generally aren't fans of wannabes but $99 patent and leather woven intrecciato clutches are just too cute to pass up.
While we would pass on most of the handbags, definitely browse Lederer's selection of small leather goods and accessories which are also 20% to 50% off. The quality is fantastic and there is a plentiful selection in a variety of styles and skins. The lovely $99 smooth leather gloves with metal details à la Hermes are absolutely a must-have for fall.
625 Madison (between 58th and 59th Streets)